iPad T-Mobile Sim Card on Air

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  1. noodle15 macrumors newbie

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    Is getting a t-mobile sim even worth e hassle for the free 200mb. I pay for Verizon on my ipad mini and am thinking to use the t mobile option on my ipad air, but I don't like hearing you pay then there are credits. This sounds like it leaves you open as soon as you go over they will bill. I don't want any contracts. Any body using the t mobile sim now for free with no agreement and it has been flawless? How is their LTE network compared to Verizon?
    I bought a Verizon ipad air.

    All thoughts and help are appreciated.
     
  2. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Depends on your data needs.

    Doesn't apply to you since you aren't financing your ipad from T-Mobile

    Working great here with my verizon ipad3, though I suspect 200MB won't be enough data and I'll either go back to the $20/1GB verizon plan or try the AT&T $25/1GB/3-month plan.

    Coverage maps are on t-mobile.com and comparison to Verizon is dependent on where YOU use it; I could tell you that I get great T-Mobile and cr@p Verizon signals at work, but that's pretty meaningless to you...
     
  3. Raibyn macrumors regular

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    As long as you are buying the iPad outright, the 200MB of data is absolutely free. Just sign up for the On Demand data plan. You don't give them a credit card number, so there is no way to be charged for anything.
     
  4. inkhead macrumors regular

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  5. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Umm... see above?

    Or were you asking something else?
     
  6. Menel macrumors 603

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    There are no credits. Nothing weird like that.

    You just select On Demand, and then later the 200MB free option. You don't even supply a credit card.

    You only need to worry about credits and mess if you are financing. Don't finance tech toys that depreciate.
     
  7. noodle15 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Where do I go to activate it. I go a micro sim in the mail in which i had to trim down. When I was going online it was asking for access code which I don't have. Any help there. Yes it's verizon and the SIM card at top show mobile.
     
  8. Getintothegame macrumors member

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    Access code should be on the paper included with the SIM card or on the punchout card itself. Check there. It may also be the PUK code?
     
  9. noodle15 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Nope. Came with paper no card. Tried ever number. So frustrating
     
  10. Getintothegame macrumors member

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    Huh, I apologize. I just got mine as well, and I assumed it was the PUK Code. The phone SIMs come with it on the paper.

    Weird. I know the website is having issues right now, I'm tracking that in another thread:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1669152

    Have you tried calling them?
     
  11. herdnerfer macrumors 6502

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    I got my iPad Air from T-mobile just to take advantage of the no money down deal, i didn't even expect to use the Cell service.

    Since i got it i went ahead and tested it a few times & ended up using 100mb just that first day. So i would say no, its not worth the hassle since you will use up 200mb in a heartbeat.
     
  12. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    This. I've got a T-Mobile nano SIM in a Verizon iPad Air, and haven't given them any credit card info yet. Works great, and I verified with CS that if I want to purchase a day/week/month pass, it'll go on top of the 200MB plan and I'll revert back to it when the pass expires. I'll probably try that in a couple weeks when I'm traveling.

    It's also a good way for me to compare coverage between T-Mobile and AT&T (which I have on my iPhone), without having to commit to anything.

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    But it's FREE. So, what's the problem?
     
  13. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    It's a hassle to swap out SIM cards and the extra data rates on Tmobile don't fit everyone's needs. So you either end up paying more than you would with a different carrier or swap sims out a couple times a month.

    I still think its a great thing for tmobile to do, but it doesn't make sense for everyone.
     
  14. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    If you know you'll be using more than 200MB per month, then it makes no sense to keep swapping SIM cards twice month. However, what I would do is get a T-Mobile SIM card whenever T-Mobile offers them for $0.99 or free and activate the 200MB free data on the iPad and just keep the SIM card in my wallet or something just in case.
     

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